Howard County Library

  • Word Up! Poetry Contest

    word up logo - teen poetry contestWalt Whitman wrote:

    What does it all mean poet?
    Well, Your brains beat into rhythm, you tell
    What we felt only; you express’d
    You hold thing beautiful the best
    and pace in them in rhythm so,
    side by side

    Do you know any budding Walt Whitmans? Do you encourage a love of word smithing and playing with language?

    Students in grades 6 – 12 can enter up to three original poems (no more than 60 lines each) in Howard County Library’s Word Up! Poetry Contest. A Word Up! Educators Resource brochure with writing exercises and other resources is available for teachers online.

    Poems are judged by a committee on their originality and language use, among other criteria. Deadline for entries is March 16. All winners will be invited to read their poems on April 28 and will receive cash awards, sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    All winning poems are posted on the Library’s web site. Students may qualify for only one prize in each category.

    Category 1: Grades 6 & 7

    Category 2: Grades 8 & 9

    Category 3: Grades 10 – 12

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  • Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse

    To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~ Walt Whitman

    image of wordsDo you have students who paint with words? The Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse is just the place for them to share their work in a safe environment, surrounded by other teen poets. Visit the Glenwood Branch Library on Monday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Poetry Open Mic NIght and Coffeehouse. Registration required; register online, or by calling 410.313.5577, beginning Monday, March 29 at 10:00 am.

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch

     

     

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  • Recycled Poetry

    image of the words fun times spelled out in tiles with different fonts

    Join us on Saturday, January 23 for Recycled Poetry and put those old pages to good use. Students slice and dice the words from old magazines to create original poetry and give voice to their own thoughts and feelings. Completed poems may be submitted to the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest.

    Register online for Recycled Poetry on Saturday, January 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Central Library.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Word Up! Poetry Contest

    word up logo - teen poetry contest

    Today I am a storm.
    A whirlwind of emotion
    I can’t hold it inside

    –from Today by Gillian Engelbrecht

    Does this describe any of your students? Encourage them to put their thoughts and feelings in a poem and enter the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest. The contest begins on January 11, and is open to Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. View complete contest details and the 2009 winning poems.

    For ideas on incorporating Word Up! into your lesson plans, flip through our Word Up! Educator Resource brochure.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Word Up!

    word up logo - teen poetry contest

    Calling all poets! The 2009 Word Up! Poetry Contest begins next week on Wednesday, January 21.

    Students in grades 6 through 12 and college students (aged 21 and under) are invited to submit their original poetry to Howard County Library’s annual teen poetry contest.

    For ideas on incorporating Word Up! into your lesson plans, flip through our Word Up! Educator Resource brochure.

    View complete contest details.

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